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Christmas in the Bahamas is a beautiful time of the year. Although you don’t have snow you do have those nice white sand beaches. And Christmas time is Carnival time in the Bahamas. Carnival time is often streaked with very secular colors and sounds. The spirit of Christmas can be found all around the islands of the Bahamas.
First of all, the weather in the Bahamas in the month of December averages around 72 degrees Fahrenheit, with a high temperature of 79 and a low of 64. Usually, there are only 9 days of rain so it’s a wonderful warm relief for those of us in the north. There are many parties held on the beach during the day, especially on New Year’s Eve.
But wait, if you want to get that perfect gift, you will want to make sure to stop at the Nassau Straw Market. During the entire year, they have amazing gifts, but especially at holiday time, you can find many gifts.
When it comes to dinner time at the holidays the Bahamas has some amazing choices for dinner. Garlic pork, various conch dishes, pickled onions, and ham, black cake, imported grapes, and apples make up most of the feasts! To wash it down you can have ginger beer, mauby, sorrel, sweet potato fly (a fermented drink) falernum, rum, shandy, and of course, wine.
The celebrations are wonderful for the whole family. It’s carnival time in the Bahamas. The Ministry of Tourism starts off the season with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree. And throughout the month there are different holiday concerts and celebrations.
For about a week before Christmas Day, you will see carrollers go to public places in the evening to sing their favorite Christmas carols, like “Salute the Happy Morn”, Christians Awake”, and more. And don’t worry, Santa will be coming on Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to all of the good girls and boys in the Bahamas as well.
On the 26th of December, they have a huge celebration called, Junkanoo. You will hear the sounds of bands playing soca, reggae, roots and other genres of Caribbean music in the streets while thousands of locals and tourists alike dress in colorful costumes come out to dance. In Nassau, they have a huge parade to celebrate the festival. They will be dancing their way down Bay Street and Shirley Street ending in Rawson Square. You will want to walk around and see the costumes. You may even want to stop in the Junkanoo World costume store to catch a close up look at a costume. And since the parade doesn’t start until the wee hours, stop at the start of the parade ahead of time. The dance troop leaders would love to show you their moves. You can also see the Junkanoo parade in the Grand Bahama, Eleuthera, Mini, and Abac.
What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season with a fabulous new tradition for your family that includes centuries-old traditions from others.
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